TAKE ACTION: Did Your Senators Sign the Letter to the USDA?

The removal of tens of thousands of reports and documents from the USDA website about animals in zoos, puppy mills, lab testing facilities, and more was a huge blow for advocates and the animals themselves.

If your senator has not signed the letter asking the USDA to restore the animal welfare reports that were abruptly taken off the website last week or otherwise spoken out against it, they need to hear from you. Animals have no voice, we have to speak up for them.


  1. Locate your senators on the list below. See if they have signed the letter or otherwise asked the USDA to repost the information.
  2. If they have NOT, use the contact information listed on their website (links provided) to call or email.

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Hi I live in ____ (name of state). I’m a constituent of ____ (name of Senator). I’m calling to say that I’m unhappy that the USDA removed all the animal welfare reports from its website. Removing the reports will protect puppy mill operators and makes it harder for the current laws and regulations about puppy mills to be enforced. I want the Senator to publicly ask the USDA to repost the information.

– If you’re on Twitter, @altusda is leading a campaign encouraging people to tweet at their representatives along with a picture of their pet asking for their support. Their instructions are here. If you tag @for_all_animals in your tweet, we’ll retweet your post!

NOTE: We are updating the chart as new information comes in. If a senator is mistakenly on here as not speaking out for animals, then email us at info@forallanimals.org and let us know! It’s also important to be polite. First of all, it’s the right thing to do and secondly the legislator might actually agree with your position, he or she just hasn’t made it a priority. That’s why you’re calling to say that you want him or her to make it a priority!

  1. If your senator HAS asked the USDA to restore the reports, shoot them a quick email of thanks or tweet. Check out our thank you to our Maryland senators (where we are based) from Alvin the Chihuahua.
  1. Extra Credit – Once you’re done, shoot us an email (info@forallanimals.org) or tweet at us to let us know how it went!


State Representative Signed? Contact Information Twitter Handle
Alabama Richard Shelby NO https://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailsenatorshelby @SenShelby
Alabama Luther Strange NO https://www.senate.gov/senators/115thCongress/Luther_Strange.htm @SenatorStrange
Alaska Lisa Murkowski NO https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/ @lisamurkowski
Alaska Dan Sullivan NO http://www.sullivan.senate.gov/ @SenDanSullivan
Arizona John McCain NO http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home @SenJohnMcCain
Arizona Jeff Flake NO http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/ @JeffFlake
Arkansas John Boozman NO https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home @JohnBoozman
Arkansas Tom Cotton NO https://www.cotton.senate.gov/ @SenTomCotton
California Kamala Harris NO https://www.harris.senate.gov/ @SenKamalaHarris


California Dianne Feinstein Yes  http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/ @SenFeinstein
Colorado Michael Bennet NO https://www.bennet.senate.gov/ @SenBennetCO
Colorado Cory Gardner NO https://www.gardner.senate.gov/ @SenCoryGardner
Connecticut Richard Blumenthal Yes  https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/ @SenBlumenthal
Connecticut Chris Murphy NO https://www.murphy.senate.gov/ @ChrisMurphyCT
Delaware Tom Carper NO http://www.carper.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home @SenatorCarper
Delaware Chris Coons NO https://www.coons.senate.gov/ @ChrisCoons
Florida Bill Nelson NO https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/ @SenBillNelson
Florida Marco Rubio NO https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ @SenRubioPress
Georgia Johnny Isakson NO https://www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home @SenatorIsakson
Georgia David Perdue NO http://www.perdue.senate.gov/ @sendavidperdue
Hawaii Brian Schatz NO http://www.schatz.senate.gov/ @SenBrianSchatz
Hawaii Mazie Hirono NO https://www.hirono.senate.gov/ @maziehirono
Idaho Mike Crapo NO http://www.crapo.senate.gov/ @MikeCrapo
Idaho Jim Risch NO http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ @SenatorRisch
Illinois Tammy Duckworth NO https://www.duckworth.senate.gov/ @SenDuckworth
Illinois Dick Durbin Yes  http://www.durbin.senate.gov/ @SenatorDurbin
Indiana Joe Donnelly NO http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/ @SenDonnelly
Indiana Todd Young NO https://www.young.senate.gov/ @SenToddYoung
Iowa Chuck Grassley NO http://www.grassley.senate.gov/ @ChuckGrassley
Iowa Joni Ernst NO http://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/ @SenJoniErnst
Kansas Pat Roberts NO http://www.roberts.senate.gov/public/ @SenPatRoberts
Kansas Jerry Moran NO http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/ @JerryMoran
Kentucky Mitch McConnell NO http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/ @McConnellPress
Kentucky Rand Paul NO https://www.paul.senate.gov/ @RandPaul
Louisiana Bill Cassidy NO http://www.cassidy.senate.gov/ @BillCassidy
Louisiana John N. Kennedy NO https://www.kennedy.senate.gov/ @SenJohnKennedy
Maine Susan Collins NO https://www.collins.senate.gov/ @SenatorCollins
Maine Angus King NO http://www.king.senate.gov/ @SenAngusKing
Maryland Chris Van Hollen Yes  https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/ @ChrisVanHollen
Maryland Ben Cardin Yes  https://www.cardin.senate.gov/ @SenatorCardin
Massachusetts Ed Markey NO http://www.markey.senate.gov/ @SenMarkey
Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren Yes  https://www.warren.senate.gov/ @SenWarren
Michigan Debbie Stabenow NO http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/ @SenStabenow
Michigan Gary Peters Yes  https://www.peters.senate.gov/ @SenGaryPeters
Minnesota Al Franken NO https://www.franken.senate.gov/ @SenFranken
Minnesota Amy Klobuchar NO https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/ @amyklobuchar
Mississippi Thad Cochran NO http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/ @SenThadCochran
Mississippi Roger Wicker NO https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/ @SenatorWicker
Missouri Claire McCaskill NO https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/ @clairecmc
Montana Jon Tester NO http://www.tester.senate.gov/ @SenatorTester
Montana Steve Daines NO https://www.daines.senate.gov/ @SteveDaines
Nebraska Deb Fischer NO http://www.fischer.senate.gov/public/ @SenatorFischer
Nebraska Ben Sasse NO http://www.sasse.senate.gov/public/ @SenSasse
Nevada Dean Heller NO http://www.heller.senate.gov/public/ @SenDeanHeller
Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto NO https://www.cortezmasto.senate.gov/ @SenCortezMasto
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen NO https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/ @SenatorShaheen
New Hampshire Maggie Hassan NO https://www.hassan.senate.gov/ @SenatorHassan
New Jersey Bob Menendez Yes https://www.menendez.senate.gov/ @SenatorMenendez
New Jersey Cory Booker Yes  https://www.booker.senate.gov/ @CoryBooker
New Mexico Tom Udall Yes  https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/ @SenatorTomUdall
New Mexico Martin Heinrich Yes  http://www.heinrich.senate.gov/ @MartinHeinrich
New York Kirsten Gillibrand Yes  https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/ @SenGillibrand
New York Charles Schumer Yes  https://www.schumer.senate.gov/ @SenSchumer
North Carolina Richard Burr NO https://www.burr.senate.gov/ @SenatorBurr
North Carolina Thom Tillis NO https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/ @SenThomTillis
North Dakota John Hoeven NO https://www.hoeven.senate.gov/ @SenJohnHoeven
North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp NO http://www.heitkamp.senate.gov/public/ @SenatorHeitkamp
Ohio Sherrod Brown NO https://www.brown.senate.gov/ @SenSherrodBrown
Ohio Rob Portman NO http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/ @senrobportman
Oklahoma Jim Inhofe NO http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/ @jiminhofe
Oklahoma James Lankford NO https://www.lankford.senate.gov/ @SenatorLankford
Oregon Jeff Merkley Yes  https://www.merkley.senate.gov/ @SenJeffMerkley
Oregon Ron Wyden Yes  https://www.wyden.senate.gov/ @RonWyden
Pennsylvania Pat Toomey NO http://www.toomey.senate.gov/ @SenToomey
Pennsylvania Bob Casey Jr. NO https://www.casey.senate.gov/ @SenBobCasey
Rhode Island Jack Reed NO https://www.reed.senate.gov/ @SenJackReed
Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse NO https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/ @SenWhitehouse
South Carolina Tim Scott NO https://www.scott.senate.gov/ @SenatorTimScott
South Carolina Lindsay Graham NO https://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/ @LindseyGrahamSC
South Dakota John Thune NO https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/ @SenJohnThune
South Dakota Mike Rounds NO http://www.rounds.senate.gov/ @SenatorRounds
Tennessee Lamar Alexander NO https://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home @SenAlexander
Tennessee Bob Corker NO http://www.corker.senate.gov/ @SenBobCorker
Texas John Cornyn NO https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/ @JohnCornyn
Texas Ted Cruz NO https://www.cruz.senate.gov/ @SenTedCruz
Utah Mike Lee NO https://www.lee.senate.gov/public/ @SenMikeLee
Utah Orrin Hatch NO http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/ @SenOrrinHatch
Vermont Patrick Leahy NO https://www.leahy.senate.gov/ @SenatorLeahy
Vermont Bernie Sanders Yes  https://www.sanders.senate.gov/ @SenSanders
Virginia Mark Warner NO http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/ @MarkWarner
Virginia Tim Kaine NO http://www.kaine.senate.gov/ @SenKaineOffice
Washington Patty Murray Yes  http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home @PattyMurray
Washington Maria Cantwell Yes  https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/ @SenatorCantwell
West Virginia Joe Mnchin NO http://www.manchin.senate.gov/public/ @Sen_JoeManchin
West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito NO https://www.capito.senate.gov/ @SenCapito
Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin Yes  https://www.baldwin.senate.gov/ @SenatorBaldwin
Wisconsin Ron Johnson NO https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/ @SenRonJohnson
Wyoming Mike Enzi NO http://www.enzi.senate.gov/public/ @SenatorEnzi
Wyoming John Barrasso NO https://www.barrasso.senate.gov/public/ @SenJohnBarrasso